A letter carrier who was shot on his way to the Tarrant neighborhood has been released from the hospital and federal investigators are searching for the man responsible for the crime.
“Right now, we have a team of postal inspectors from several states working on this particular case,” Birmingham Postal Inspector Tony Robinson said.
The carrier, whose name has not been released, was discharged from UAB Hospital on Wednesday night and is continuing his recovery at home. “I walked him outside the hospital,” Robinson said. “He’s doing well.”
“Whenever someone is attacked in your work environment, it affects everyone,” he said. “What I would say is that it sometimes affects more carriers who are not directly involved.”
The United States Postal Service offers a permanent reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for attacks against USPS employees while they conduct official USPS business.
The shooting took place just before 2 pm on Wednesday near the intersection of Etawah Street and Enfield Street.
According to police and eyewitnesses, the postman had just delivered mail to a resident and was on his way back to his truck when a car pulled over and someone fired at him, breaking the window of the truck.
The injured postman got out of his truck and ran to a house first for help before passing on to two others.
Resident Darnella Austin said he fired four shots and said the postman was bleeding from the lip and lower back. “It’s just sad,” she said.
Federal investigators, assisted by Tarrant Police, will campaign in the neighborhood and surrounding areas as part of the ongoing investigation. “We have primary jurisdiction,” Robinson said. “We are definitely working with Tarrant and appreciate all the help he has provided.”
He asked residents to keep an eye on postal carriers. “The postal workers are part of the community, especially the letter carriers going to the neighborhood sometimes six days a week,” he said. “They become part of the background.”
Robinson said, “The sad part is that the community, because they see them every day and they sometimes mingle in the background, they sometimes forget to tell them when they see something suspicious that’s going to happen to them.” There could be danger,” Robinson said. “If you see something like this, don’t forget that you have a mail carrier that visits your neighborhood which is often either intentionally or due to being in the wrong place at the right time which is an event at the moment of an incident. object.”
The cause of Wednesday’s attack is not yet known. Robinson said he could not yet say whether anything was taken from the mail truck.
“Postal inspectors, when we present our cases federally, we have a more than 98 percent conviction rate,” he said. “So, we like to dot our “i” and cross out our “t” and turn every stone. That’s where we are right now.”